Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture

The research task of the professorship and the programme area BIOINF: Genomics and Bioinformatics in Horticultural Sciences at the IGZ is the establishment, but also the new development of methods and structures to store and process primary 'omics' data and to link these processed data with each other and with other data, e.g. from the human sector or ecosystem biology.

The rapid development of innovative technologies in molecular biology and their application in plant sciences led to a paradigm shift and opened the way for novel strategies in plant science research. The spectrum of high-throughput molecular analytics, especially "omics" technologies, has expanded by leaps and bounds over the last 20 years, so that it is now possible to detect the totality of molecules present in organelles, cells, tissues and organs, and thus to describe and understand biological systems in their entirety. These technologies, including image processing and sensor technology, even already allow insights into the interaction of organisms with their environment.

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This programme area starts operating in 2023.